ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio) \
plural amenities

Definition of amenity

1 : something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment hotels with modern amenities providing residents with the basic amenities
2 usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships maintaining social amenities
3a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2) : a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

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Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior

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Lenox Hill Hospital officials are expected to announce Friday a multibillion-dollar rebuild of the institution’s Upper East Side campus in Manhattan, an overhaul that aims to improve services and patient amenities. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Lenox Hill Hospital Plans Large-Scale Revamp of Manhattan Campus," 8 Mar. 2019 Attractions, amenities and resources Seattle Public Utilities won’t collect residential garbage, recycling or food/yard waste Tuesday. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what’s been canceled or postponed as snow, freezing rain continue in Seattle area," 12 Feb. 2019 Beaver Lodge is one of the most unique accommodations at Winvian Farm and its interior design conveys a rustic New England trapper’s cottage infused with the luxe amenities expected at a world-class resort. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Although homes come in all sizes and locations with varying amenities and styles, most homebuyers must make tradeoffs. Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Is this house the one?," 24 June 2018 Both luxury developments were built with financial incentives from the city and aim to attract residents with amazing amenities, from swimming pools and state-of-the-art gyms to dog parks and rooftop decks. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "No vacancy: This historic downtown KC hotel has 'micro' apartments for $525 a month," 14 June 2018 Between gyms with luxe amenities and instructors with thousands of followers on Instagram, there is something for everyone, including your favorite models and celebrities. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "9 New York Fitness Studios That Models Swear By," 15 Feb. 2019 London’s developers spent the good years competing to outdo each other with eye-catching amenities. Philip Georgiadis, WSJ, "London Property Feels Brexit Sting," 1 Jan. 2019 Users can pay extra to travel alone, with amenities like active noise-cancellation and virtual-reality headsets. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of amenity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for amenity

Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

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English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant


ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē-\
plural amenities

Kids Definition of amenity

1 : the quality or characteristic of being pleasant or agreeable
2 amenities plural : something that makes life easier or more pleasant Our hotel has many amenities.

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